Did you ever taste something so delicious that after you licked the last bite off the spoon, or gulped the last wonderful sip, the first thing out of your mouth is: "I have to have that recipe!"
Ladies in my Sunday school class volleyed comments about the yummy food and the scrumptious coffee punch they served the day before at a women’s tea. The lady who prepared it proudly gave the recipe while the rest of the group jotted each detail.
"Sixty spoons of coffee!" chimed one of them, shock in her voice. "That’s a ton of coffee."
"Not sixty spoons. I said six teaspoons."
A roar of laughter drenched the room.
After analyzing what was said, we determined that when you say both amounts fast, they sound identical.
When the chuckle subsided, my friend was quick to make the correction of the potentially mammoth error.
Like mixing up the amount of coffee in the punch, we also make huge mistakes when dealing with the amount of our own abilities, compared to the immeasurable amount of power of God. We get it all mixed up, thinking we have what it takes to resolve conflicts, blot out fear, calm anxiety. When, in fact the recipe calls for strength…divine strength…not our own. His Power, not our abilities; His grace, not our drive.
Does the recipe of your life lack the taste you expected? Maybe taking out the wrong and making it right might be the answer. So, toss out the wrong, and put in the right.
"If you return to God and put right all the wrong in your home, then you will be restored" (Job 22: 23, The LB-Paraphrased).
We all want to be restored, renewed, revitalized, and refreshed, don’t we? But that will never happen until we get the quantities correct.
In the recipe of life, less of you and tons of Him makes a delicious dish of peace and security.
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